Cookware is one of those household items that are worth the investment because they get used on a daily basis. Just as important as purchasing a great set of cookware is keeping them in good condition so that they can last for a very long time. Part of that process is ensuring they’re cleaned properly using the right tools and doing the right steps.
First, let’s go through the different kinds of cookware on the market and which ones are the best and worst options for you to purchase and use in the following order.
Types of Cookware (Best to Worst)
We vote on cast iron pans as the best cookware option for you and your family to use in your household. They won’t break your bank, they’re versatile enough for everyday use, and they’ll last for a very long time. In addition to that, they have a non-stick surface, and they retain heat much longer. The only drawbacks with cast irons are that you could easily burn yourself because they get hot much faster (so be very vigilant when children are around), they’re heavier in weight than other kinds of cookware, and they require more maintenance. Other than that, they’re great for everyday cooking use.
If you can’t get your hands on a cast iron, your next best option is stainless steel cookware. For one, its durable so you don’t have to work about it chipping, staining, or rusting. Secondly, it requires less maintenance compared to a cast iron. Doing a simple cleaning procedure (which we share in this article) will do the trick and still keep its shiny look. Finally, it’s one of the safest cookware for acidic foods without the risk of leaching any harmful chemicals. But just like any other cookware, it has its disadvantages. It has poor heat distribution and food sticks on the pan unless you use oil or fat.
The award for the worst cookware option goes to Teflon pans. We may sound like harsh critics, but we have valid reasons as to why Teflon pans are our least favorite. Interestingly enough, 70% of all cookware sold in the market are Teflon pans, and buyers don’t realize that these pans are full of toxic chemicals. If the temperate were turned up to 500 degrees, the toxic coming from Teflon can kill birds and cause people to develop flu-like symptoms. Yes, cookware can do that. If you have to know a detailed explanation of the disadvantages of Teflon and why need to throw it away if you have it, then check out this article.
Now that we’ve shared with you our favorite and least favorite cookware, it’s time to give you the optimal procedure for cleaning pots and pans. If you don’t yet have a set of cast iron pots and pans, here’s what you need to do to make your stainless steel cookware last.
How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Stainless Steel
1. What you will need to get rid of limescale:
- 1 tbsp. of baking soda
- 1 tbsp. of toothpaste
- 1 tbsp. of 9% vinegar
Mix the baking soda and toothpaste. Then, add the vinegar drop by drop. Apply the mixture on the surface and wash it off after 5 minutes.
2. What you will need to get rid of slight build up:
Apply a thick layer of toothpaste on the item and then let it dry for 1-2 minutes. Then wash it off with cold water and dry the stainless-steel object with a towel.
3. What you will need to get rid of hard build up:
- a tube of clerical glue
- half a pack of soda ash
- 1 tbsp. of cleaning detergent (powder)
Add the glue, baking soda, and cleaning detergent to a bucket. Place the dirty pots in the bucket. Pour some water so that it covers the pot by 2–3 cm. Boil for an hour or more. Then take the pot out of the bucket and wash it normally. The buildup and grease will be easily removed.
Feel free to share this article with your friends and family and save them the pain of choosing the right cookware to use in their home. All of the information listed above will greatly benefit everyone who regularly cooks and cleans pans. Also, let us know if you’ve used any of the cleaning tips mentioned above and how well they worked for you.